It's been a great week to be a gamer. E3 has given us plenty to think about over the next couple of months, but there is one game on everyone's mind: Modern Warfare 3. While we already knew about the release date and pricing details, we learned several details about the single player mode and what weapons we'll be using to mow down the baddies. Some of the best news, however, is related to the huge improvements that Spec Ops mode will be receiving in this sequel. In fact, Spec Ops is receiving a completely new game type called Survival. It's similar to Horde mode in Gears of War, but with a few key twists.
Players will fight off wave after wave of enemies, each one becoming more difficult than the last. Eventually, the players will be swarmed by dogs armed with explosives, enemies with riot shields, along with plenty of others that are yet to be announced. While this is nothing fancy or unique, it should help instill variety into the game.
Killing these enemies earns you cash, similar to killing zombies in Black Ops. This cash will improve or purchase new weapons, but can also be used to purchase other perks, such as 'Last Stand', player guided missiles, turrets, and various other armaments. Some of these perks that can be purchased might are unlocked by leveling up your character. This gives users a reason to play the game besides trying to beat their friend's high score. This perk system is the biggest twist to the Survival style game play we have come to see over the years, and it seems to be the best addition. Choosing perks might add a deeper level of strategy to a game that would otherwise be all about having a big gun and a steady hand.
To top it all off, players will level up separately for Spec Ops and online competitive play. This will definitely give gamers a reason to clock more hours into this massive game. While the ranks haven't been released yet, they probably follow the same style of leveling as competitive multiplayer. After reaching level 50, players will most likely be faced with the option of entering Prestige mode or sitting comfortably at the top of the food chain.
It's going to be interesting to watch Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 compete when they both launch. It seems that MW3 is doing all it can to improve on its rock solid formula of fast paced action, while Battlefield is doing the same but with its very different gameplay style. As of now it would seem that Modern Warfare 3 has the cooperative category on lock down, but there are still several months to go before these games are released.